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Christopher Mosqueda Awarded the 2020 Minority Student Scholarship of the Utah Association of School Psychologists (UASP).
School psychology graduate student Christopher Mosqueda was awarded the 2020 Minority Student Scholarship of the Utah Association of School Psychologists (UASP). Each year the UASP recognizes exceptional minority school psychology students in Utah. Today, Mosqueda stands as a proud Chicano American, but he was not always as confident in his heritage.
Growing up, Mosqueda internalized racist ideas about Latinos. For years he was embarrassed about his ethnic identity, and reconnecting with his heritage forced him to have uncomfortable conversations with himself about race and prejudice. As a school psychologist, he hopes to help others have those hard conversations, though his approach is less that of a social justice warrior and more of a social justice diplomat: “It is important not to call people out but to call people in and invite them to learn.”
Mosqueda has been eager to counsel students during his internship with Jordan School District this fall. “I am really excited to counsel students,” he said. “I feel like that is a strong suit for myself—just speaking with them, talking through their problems with them, and just being there.”